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    Former Employee - Senior Transportation Engineer in Sacramento, CA
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Caltrans Interviews

Updated Mar 29, 2015

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    Budget Analyst (AGPA) Interview

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    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Caltrans (Los Angeles, CA).


    Applied through mail via the state application - most state jobs ONLY take the paper application via mail, very old school and interesting method... No phone screen, no HR.

    After 2.5 months the manager called and asked to set up a time/date, no other information was given. It's hard to remember what jobs you applied for 2-3 months ago as the requisitions are removed and there is no way for you to find the job posting ever again. The only reason I say this is because the state is historically very bad at replying to you so you never really know who will reply to your state app. Who the heck wants to print every single duty statement for every single job anyway?

    Showed up at the LA office downtown and met the entire panel. Overall, the interview questions were very easy and at the end you are given a test on very specific budget functions that only an insider would know, clearly it looked like I was interviewed only to fulfill some state requirement as I was the only external candidate interviewed. I'm sure they hired someone from within the group looking for a promotion. The group was very unorganized and it was evident 3/4 of the panel did NOT want to be there (staring blankly at the floor, on the sheet of paper, rolling their eyes at the ceiling). This was likely because they already knew who they were going to hire and were just going through the final motions.

    It was a complete waste of my time as the group did not provide any additional information outside of just show up at this location at this date and time. I believe the state is required to give you the "duty statement" before every interview and if you didn't print it out 2-4 months ago (when you first applied) you're pretty much out of luck. The answers to the questions MUST tie directly back to the duty statement or else you will score low on the interview... welcome to government!

    The office seemed very old school, everyone in the department seemed to be very old and stagnant waiting for that pension to arrive. I am very surprised at how true all those government worker stereotypes really are.

    This interview was a complete waste of my time.

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Headquarters Sacramento, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1970
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) wants you to get your kicks on Route 66 -- and on their other highways, as well. Caltrans designs, constructs, maintains, and operates the Golden State's highway system's 50,000 miles of roadways. It oversees a variety of programs in areas including highway and mass transportation, aeronautics, transportation planning, and administration. Caltrans also provides assistance for about 400 public-use airports, offers inter-city rail services (alone and with Amtrak), and promotes the use of alternative modes of transportation... More

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